More than 100 people came to the Dunkirk Lighthouse on Saturday, June 16 to hear a lecture by Dr. Alan Taylor, Pulitzer Prize winning author and professor of history at UC Davis. Taylor spent nearly an hour discussing the War of 1812 and how it actually served more as a Civil War between various factions and parties involved, rather than simply a war between two nations. Following his presentation, Dr. Taylor spent another hour answering questions and signing copies of his book, The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels & Indian Allies.
The event was covered by the Dunkirk Observer, with reporter Mark Belcher offering a front page story in the Sunday, June 17 issue. Additionally, Public Access Channel 12 in Dunkirk was on hand to record Dr. Taylor’s presentation, which will be rebroadcast at a later date. A video may also eventually be posted on youtube by local videographer and area attorney Gregory Peterson.